St. Patrick's Day Cocktails & Lore

Forget about green beer, Guinness, and shots of Jameson this St. Patrick's Day. Live on the edge and try good old-fashioned Irish whiskey. Contrary to popular belief, Irish whiskey isn’t good only in shots, Pickle Backs or the traditional and tragically named Car Bomb - It also makes a fine cocktail. The typically smooth and incredibly drinkable whiskey is one of the most popular spirits on the planet right now. Many of these cocktails can be drank all year long.

Here is one that is hot, creamy, and classic. Irish Coffee will warm you up in spirit and body temperature.

Irish Coffee Cocktail

  • 1.5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 oz brown sugar syrup (one part brown sugar, one part water)
  • Hot brewed coffee
  • Unsweetened cream, lightly whipped

Glass: Irish Coffee

Add the whiskey and syrup to an Irish Coffee glass and fill two-thirds of the way with coffee. Top with one inch of whipped cream.

Irish Jack Rose

The Jack Rose is traditionally made with applejack brandy, but this Irish whiskey variation also calls for brandy, lime juice and grenadine. It could become your year-round drink.

  • 1 oz Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Calvados (premium french apple brandy or, if not available, Applejack)
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine

Garnish: Lime wedge

Glass: Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

The Kilbeggan Secret Sour

This refreshing cocktail is inspired by the classic Whiskey Sour. This version is a bit more complicated, mixing Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, vermouth, lemon and grapefruit juice, club soda and orange bitters. The result is an elegant, citrusy drink perfect for an afternoon happy hour.

  • 1.5 oz Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • 1.5 oz Club soda
  • 1 dash Orange bitters

Garnish: Lemon twist

Glass: Collins

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Bushmills Irish Buck

Bushmills Irish Whiskey and a healthy squeeze of fresh lime juice and ginger ale. A subtle difference, but a delicious one. Essentially, a whiskey and ginger ale cocktail with a delicious citrus twist.

  • 1.5 oz  Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey
  • 1/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz ginger ale

Garnish: Lime wheel

Glass: Collins

Add the whiskey and lime juice to a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with the ginger ale and garnish with a lime wheel.

Paddy Cocktail
(adapted from Mr. Boston’s Official Bartender’s Guide)

1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey (try Jameson)
1 1/2 ounces Carpano Antica (a sweet vermouth from Italy)
1 dash Angostura bitters

Stir in ice for 30 seconds and strain into chilled coupe or cocktail glass. (If you cannot find Carpano Antica, just use your favorite sweet vermouth.) Bottoms up!



(photos courtesy of Cocktail Buzz and